Monthly Archives: June 2019

LCW 19: Creative Inspiration Walk - Text in the City

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
How many of us pay attention to the text and typography around us in the city? When we are rushing around the city, we tend to miss what is right under our noses. During the London Craft week, I joined the "Creative Inspiration Walk: Text in the City" organised by The Goldsmiths [...]

This post was posted in London, British design, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Gardens & parks, Design, British art, Typography, British heritage, Sculptures and was tagged with London, walks, graphic design, gardens, British design, heritage, contemporary crafts, British art, sculptures, contemporary art, typography, marble carving, carving, public art


LCW 19: 'Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters'

Posted on June 22, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
In my opinion, typography is the most underappreciated design field often neglected by the public. The term typography can be defined as the style, arrangement, and appearance of letters, numbers, and symbols; it is a means of visual communication. We are surrounded by all kinds of fonts in our daily lives, yet [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British design, Calligraphy, Graphics & illustrations, Traditional arts & crafts, Contemporary craft, Design, Typography, Carving and was tagged with London, graphic design, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, typography, calligraphy, The Goldsmiths Centre, engraving, carving


LCW 19: Blue Innovations: Contemporary Czech Indigo Prints

Posted on June 19, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Ever since I became interested in indigo dyeing a few years ago, I noticed that the resurgence of natural indigo is also taking place around the world. The art and science of natural indigo dyeing is an important world heritage that connects us all, and its timely revival reminds us that this [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Fashion, Contemporary craft, Design, Textiles, indigo dyeing, blockprinting and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, fashion, contemporary crafts, indigo dyeing, sustainability, block printing, London Craft Week, Czech design


LCW 19: Beyond Paper – The Craft of Material Making at G.F.Smith

Posted on June 17, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been wanting to visit paper specialist G . F Smith's showroom since it opened in 2016, but somehow never got round to it. The London craft week provided me the opportunity to visit the showroom as well as the new exhibition 'Beyond Paper – The Craft of Material Making' co-organised [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, British design, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Contemporary craft, Design, Biodesign and was tagged with London, eco designs, paper craft, British design, heritage, recycling, contemporary crafts, sustainability, biomaterials, London Craft Week, G.F.Smith, paper


London Craft Week 19: Contemporary Japanese craft

Posted on June 15, 2019 by Toothpicker

Indigo Hands installation at Coal Drops Yard
 
At the London Craft week this year, many Japanese craftsmen and artisans were invited to take part and showcase their exquisite craftsmanship. Although Japanese craft is highly regarded worldwide, the future of many traditional Japanese crafts is still uncertain due to the lack of younger people [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese design, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Design, ceramics & potteries, Textiles, indigo dyeing, basketry and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, furniture, traditional crafts, contemporary crafts, ceramics & potteries, textiles, weaving, indigo dyeing, washi paper, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, basketry, Shizu designs, BUAISOU, sukumo, London Craft Week


Tribute to Mono-Ha exhibition at Cardi Gallery in London

Posted on June 13, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
While I was walking around Green Park one afternoon, I stumbled upon a poster outside of the Cardi Gallery with this title: 'Tribute to MONO-HA' (13 March - 26th July 2019). I was not only surprised but extremely excited since it is rare to see collective work associated with this art movement [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, sculptures, Mono-ha, Cardi Gallery, Modern art


'Living Colours: Kasane' – an exhibition on Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I returned from Asia, I managed to book myself onto the curator's tour of the "Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations" exhibition at Japan House. The exhibition explores the natural dyed textile work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. Due to my interest in natural dyeing, it [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Anything Japanese, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop, Japanese craft, Japan House


"100 years of Bauhaus" celebration in Hong Kong

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
 
A hundred years ago, German architect Walter Gropius founded an art and design school in the small town of Weimar in Germany. The Bauhaus, subsequently became one of the most influential art and design educational institutions of the 20th century. Although the short-lived school only operated from 1919 to 1933, its [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Photography, Travel, Art, Design, Theatre & performance art, Modernist design, German design and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, photography, furniture, German design, Bauhaus, Modernism, ballet


"HKDA Global Design Awards 2018 Awards" Exhibition at PMQ

Posted on June 7, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
It would be fair to say Hong Kong's design industry has come a long way in the last two decades. Once upon a time, Hong Kong design was regarded as 'copycat' with little originality and creativity. Before the handover, Hong Kong design was highly influenced by Japanese design; lacking its own identity [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Packaging, Travel, Graphics & illustrations, Hong Kong design, Design, Typography and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, graphic design, Hong Kong design, illustrations, typography, calligraphy, product design, poster, PMQ


Kevin Cheung's design studio visit at Blue House, Hong Kong

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I have been writing a lot about Hong Kong's heritage lately, and coincidentally when I contacted Kevin Cheung, a local upcycling designer, he invited me to meet him at his home studio, which is also located inside a heritage building: the Grade I listed Blue House in Wan Chai.
The Blue House Cluster [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Architecture, Eco designs, Eco living & sustainability, Social issues, Hong Kong design, Architectural conservation, Designers & artists, Design, sustainability, upcycled design, Colonial architecture and was tagged with eco living, Hong Kong design, Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Kevin Cheung, Blue House, tong lau, upcycled design, eco


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